No Depression [Bonus Tracks]

No Depression [Bonus Tracks]

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by Uncle Tupelo
     
 

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Inasmuch as it spawned a magazine and a musical movement that bears its name, Uncle Tupelo's No Depression is seen by the most devoted members of the alt-country set as its Rosetta Stone. That's misleading, of course, since the Byrds and the Flying Burrito Brothers were putting a contemporary spin

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Inasmuch as it spawned a magazine and a musical movement that bears its name, Uncle Tupelo's No Depression is seen by the most devoted members of the alt-country set as its Rosetta Stone. That's misleading, of course, since the Byrds and the Flying Burrito Brothers were putting a contemporary spin on traditional folk and country around the time Tupelo principals Jay Farrar and Jeff Tweedy were being born. Still, No Depression is a landmark album that crystallizes the moment when '80s punk and hardcore stopped feeding upon itself and began to draw inspiration from American roots music. The album is filled with blistering anthems to booze and boredom such as "Graveyard Shift," "Whiskey Bottle," and "Factory Bottle," the latter of which asserts "Don't want to go to the grave without a sound." Not to worry --Tupelo left behind a glorious sound beholden as much to Hüsker Dü and the Clash as it was to the Carter Family and other traditional country icons, delivered with a singular fiddles 'n' fuzz sound and working-class vision. All of the band's albums are worth hearing, but No Depression is first among equals in their catalogue.

Editorial Reviews

All Music Guide - Jason Ankeny
Uncle Tupelo's landmark opening salvo is the group's most rock-oriented album, steeped more in breakneck speed, punk crunch, and guitar dissonance than any of their subsequent efforts. Indeed, despite the presence of mandolins, fiddles, and banjos -- as well as inclusion of the title track, a faithful cover of the A.P. Carter classic -- the trio's vaunted country leanings are less musical than thematic on No Depression, thanks in large part to singers/songwriters Jay Farrar and Jeff Tweedy's acute depictions of rural, blue-collar life. Like the Replacements -- never more obvious an influence than on this LP -- Uncle Tupelo's songs paint grim, unrelenting portraits of aimless Midwestern existence, split between days working on the opening cut's "Factory Belt" and nights spent blurry-eyed and wasted ("Whiskey Bottle," "Before I Break"). Still, for all of the record's doleful cynicism -- virtually every cut nods toward dashed hopes, broken promises, and paralyzing fear -- there's an undeniable electricity afoot as well; by channeling the mournful clarity of country into the crackling fury of punk, No Depression brings new life to both musical camps.

Product Details

Release Date:
04/15/2003
Label:
Sony
UPC:
0696998642720
catalogNumber:
86427

Tracks

Album Credits

Performance Credits

Uncle Tupelo   Primary Artist
Jay Farrar   Banjo,Fiddle,Guitar,Harmonica,Mandolin,Vocals
Rich Gilbert   Pedal Steel Guitar
Michael Heidorn   Cymbals,Drums,Background Vocals
Sean Slade   Piano,Keyboards,Vocals,Background Vocals
Jeff Tweedy   Acoustic Guitar,Bass,Vocals

Technical Credits

Rich Mullins   Composer
Uncle Tupelo   Producer
Jay Farrar   Liner Notes
Michael Heidorn   Liner Notes
Nicholas Hill   Producer
Paul Q. Kolderie   Sound Effects,Producer,Engineer
David Reeves   Producer
Sean Slade   Producer,Engineer
Bob Irwin   Reissue Producer
J. Hamilton   Original Photography
Josh Cheuse   Art Direction
Darren Salmieri   Reissue Producer
Josh Grier   Executive Producer
Terry Witt   Original Photography
Brian Redman   Engineer

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No Depression [Bonus Tracks] 5 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 2 reviews.
Guest More than 1 year ago
There were 3 HUGE GENRE CHANGING albums in the early 90's 1)Nirvana-"Nevermind" and 2)My Bloody Valentine-"Loveless" and this album. NO Depression had a huge effect on a generation of country rockers and will get tons of play in your collection.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago